Thursday, February 26, 2015

Indie A Go Go - Where are they now? CandleAbracadabra Updated W Video Review of new items and DISCOUNT CODE!

10% off with discount code REVIEW10

YAY!!! Another one of my indie loves that is alive and well!! 
CandleAbracadabra makes wonderfully scented candles with high quality soy wax. I'm particularly partial to soy wax as it's clean burning and disperses scent well. On top of that, the low melt temperature makes it perfect for sexy shenanigans, massage or plain old moisturizing of the skin. I have arthritis and I love to dip my poor painful fingers into the wax pool for a mini spa treatment that helps to relieve some of my joint pain. The cucumber melon is a lovely, light clean scent. It's excellent for small spaces or to clear out musty odors. Also great in the kitchen!  

And then there's the adorable chocolate lab candles :-)  
These are 
A: Super cute
I can't even begin to express how good these smell. Like you live in Willy Wonka's factory. Nummy........

You can also get custom made candles and there are dozens of scents to choose from. If you're looking for candles, why get the generic stuff that everyone else has when you can support handmade and have something unique in the bargain? Long live handmade! 

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These are my kind of purses........ They're super adorable and not expensive!

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Womens Mini Satchel$30

Womens Fringe Festival Handbag$25

Womens Stud Satchel$40

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Adeline Hyaluronic Acid Serum With Vitamin C & Retinol

  Normal list price $59.99, on Amazon for $35.25 which is a 41% savings.

What does Adeline Hyaluronic Acid Serum do?

The Adeline hyaluronic acid with vitamin c serum helps to reverse the signs of aging and gives you a more youthful complexion. Your skin tone is more even and age spots, fine lines, wrinkles and blemishes are minimized.

Who can use Adeline Hyaluronic Acid Serum?

This serum is suitable for sensitive skin and does not sting or burn when applied. I have VERY sensitive skin and rosacea and I found it to be nothing other than soothing. It can also be used to reduce the wrinkles and age spots on the back of your hands. I could see a huge difference in the skin texture of my hands, but I have been using another serum on one of my hands for a few weeks previous. The 2 of them together are pretty incredible.

Did Adeline Hyaluronic Acid Serum work for me?

Definitely. You see your skin becoming plumper, more hydrated and visibly more youthful with the first application. You don't want to use this in lieu of a moisturizer (serums are meant to be applied underneath serum). Instead this makes your moisturizer more effective and allows your skin to retain moisture; one reason why you should apply it on slightly damp skin. make sure your skin and pores are clean to readily absorb the vitamins in the serum; it's always best to exfoliate at least once a week for the best absorption of serums. The vitamins in this are ideal for promoting skin cell turnover and diminishing free radical damage so you really want to take full advantage of that by prepping your skin. I did a comparison of my moisturizer using this on one half of my face and none on the other, and the serum side definitely looked fresher and the skin looked firmer with fine lines temporarily filled in. Oh, and the subtle lavender scent is divine

How to use Hyaluronic Acid Serum – Adeline Hyaluronic Acid

Using hyaluronic serums is easy – just cleanse your face and use your toner as usual (you don’t have to use a toner, only if you usually include one in your beauty regime). After you have cleansed your face, apply the serum to your face and neck areas (it is best to apply hyaluronic serums to damp skin) and then apply your moisturizer and makeup once the serum has absorbed into your skin.

Adeline Hyaluronic Acid Serum Ingredients

Pump dispenser – 2fl oz (50mls)
Adeline Hyaluronic Acid is alcohol and paraben free and is made in a FDA certified facility in the USA. The key ingredients in this serum are hyaluronic acid, retinol, vitamin C, vitamin D and vitamin E.

Adeline Hyaluronic Acid Serum ingredients

Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a super hydrator, as it can absorb more than 1000 times its weight in water.

Benefits of Retinol

Retinol is a type of vitamin A and helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and to plump-up collagen depleted skin, caused by the aging process. This ingredient helps to rejuvenate your skin by promoting the production of collagen, a natural skin component that gives our skin a more youthful and healthy appearance.
Retinol reduces skin discolorations and improves the texture of our skin. It also helps to reduce acne and promotes skin cell turnover, and it is this exfoliation effect that helps to clear up acne by unclogging pores and removing dead skin cells.

Benefits of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to fight the signs of aging. It supports the skin and helps to protect it from damage caused by free radicals, reduces inflammation and pigmentation, promotes collagen production and is essential in wound healing and repair.
As a result of its potent antioxidant and cell repair properties, vitamin C helps to reduce the signs of aging and minimizes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and aged spots in your skin.

Benefits of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential to skin cell growth and repair and as a strong antioxidant it helps to fight the signs of aging in our skin.  As we age, our bodies capacity to produce vitamin D decreases and so the addition of vitamin D in our skincare products can help to rejuvenate our skin and give us a more refreshed and younger complexion.

Benefits of Vitamin E

Vitamin E is another potent antioxidant that protects our skin from the damage caused by free radicals. It has long been used in moisturizers and is essential in cellular repair. This means that your skin is more hydrated and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is reduced.

Environmental factors

This serum is free from parabens and alcohol.

Customer reviews

PROS:  Over 90% of all customer reviews have given this serum a 4 or 5 star rating. The most common positives were that their skin felt softer and more moisturized and fine lines were reduced. Also that it is a lightweight serum and that just works! Customers also noted that the delivery was quick and the price is very reasonable.
CONS: just 4 of all customer reviews have given this serum a one star rating. Negative comments were that they did not see any noticeable difference in their skin after 3 weeks and that it contains propylene glycol (antifreeze). Needless to say, it doesn't contain antifreeze- it has Phenoxyethanol which according to the beauty guru website Paula's Choice is one of the least irritating, safest preservatives in use for cosmetics. 
You can read more customer reviews here: Adeline Hyaluronic Acid Serum – Customer Reviews.

Additional information

The sellers of this serum offer a 100% money back guarantee. If you don’t like this serum, you can send it back and receive a refund of your purchase price.
They also donate a part of their profits to third world countries, to help dig wells in communities with limited access to clean water.  #Adeline

While I was provided with a trial product, I will not recommend a product that I don't like. My opinions are honest and all mine!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Healthy Now Nutritionals Colon Cleanse review - yes, this one's about poo.....

Normally $49.95, this is a great price on Amazon at the moment!

A photo posted by Julie Ann Keene-Roppolo (@thebeautypirate) on

Relieves indigestion and constipation, cleanses the colon, detoxifies the body, eliminates accumulated waste and toxins, promotes overall digestive health and promotes healthy weight loss.

Proprietary Blend: Butternut Bark, Ginger Root, Senna Leaf, Black Walnut Bark, Cascara Segrada Bark, Fructooligosaccarides ,Grapefruit Fiber, Licorice Root, Milk Thistle Seed, Dandelion Leaf, Cayenne Fruit.

I suffer from an unpredictable and ornery set of innards, so i was a bit nervous at first as to how this would affect me; I was very pleasantly surprised that this gentle formula actually made things more even and balanced in Tummy Town! No cramping, no urgency, just a big ol' reset button for my digestive system. I felt lighter and less bloated and I found myself eating smaller meals. One of my YouTube viewers suggested that I was probably absorbing more of the nutrients from my food once all the old gunk was cleared out, and that makes total sense. Oh, Colon Cleanse, where were you after Superbowl Sunday..... 

I intend to always keep some of this around and do a detox maybe once a month now. I couldn't believe how good I felt afterwards! Because of health issues, i have to take an insane amount of medications and I could tell that this was sloughing out a lot of residual toxins that were refusing to leave my system. One of the biggest complications from many of my meds is an accumulation in the liver and this has ingredients that specifically flush out the liver and help the cells renew; this is especially beneficial to someone in my medial shoes. 

After I stopped taking it (it's not recommended to take more than 10 days) I could tell that my system was functioning more cleanly and efficiently and the effects have lasted. Good stuff!


NaturaliDerm Organic Facial Moisturizer Review

A photo posted by Julie Ann Keene-Roppolo (@thebeautypirate) on

I love the abundance of skin healing and skin soothing natural (mostly organic) ingredients in this light, skin plumping moisturizer. The inclusion of rosemary is great (an underutilized oil, in my opinion) since it's a natural antimicrobial which is not only fab for your skin, but works as nature's preservative as well. You can visibly see in the video my skin changing right before your eyes. I don't know if this would work for super dry skin, but it's great on my combination skin and it's light enough that this will be my go to moisturizer in the summer when my face always feels like it's going to slide off! While I did receive the product to review, I will only be completely honest in my reviews! I've got integrity, yo!

 I also like that it's a quality product that isn't insanely expensive. You get a good amount without breaking the bank. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Life & Food Garcinia Cambogia Supreme 80% HCA Review + Giveaway


Garcinia Cambogia is a type of tamarind, long used for weight loss.

How It Works

The active ingredient in the fruit's rind, hydroxycitric acid, or HCA, has boosted fat-burning and cut back appetite in studies. It appears to block an enzyme called citrate lyase, which your body uses to make fat. It also raises levels of the brain chemical serotonin, which may make you feel less hungry.

I noticed a change in my appetite right away; I was less hungry and started eating smaller meals. Since my scale needs a new battery and I've been too lazy to get one, I can't tell you if I've actually lost weight, but yeah, the appetite has definitely gone down and I'm satisfied much faster.

Unlike most weight loss supplements, since this one doesn't work based on a thermogenic method you don't have those godawful jitters and lack of mental focus. Instead it's a very subtle but effective product. For me though, the best part has been the serotonin boost. I'm sleeping better, I'm feeling more refreshed during the day, I'm not dragging so hard when the alarm goes off in the morning, no tossing and turning (despite crippling bursitis pain at the moment) And I've just been all around freakin' cheerful! 

Third party tested for quality and effectiveness by a US nutrition lab, it contains no additives or fillers and comes with a 90 money 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE! 
Normally $68.99 on Amazon, it's currently $21.47 which is a savings of 69%

But don't take my word for it- get your own bottle by signing up for my giveaway! It's easy to enter for your own full 90 day supply!
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Great Deals At Wal Mart right now! USA, LLC

Memebox Deals- New Palette And Value Sets! PLUS 10% Discount Code


10% off on orders including soothingsista eyeshadow. Use code: SOOTHING10

Elleda Organic Vitamin C 20% Serum

  I am a firm believer in the wonders of serum; they give your skin targeted treatment that goes way above and beyond what a standard moisturizer can do. If you want to reinvent your skin, vitamin C serum is a great place to start. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, increases collagen production, fades dark spots, reduces redness and irritation and increases the effectiveness of sunscreens. Wow! So as you can see, it's worth the extra 30 seconds to pat some of this stuff into your skin!

I was really impressed by the Elleda serum! It's a 20% serum, which is a perfect ratio of vitamin C to carriers and other ingredients. The first thing they did was to put it in a dark glass bottle which maintains the stability and efficacy of the C (which can be a very delicate and easily degraded ingredient).
Then they included hyaluronic acid, a powerful  ingredient that increases your skins ability to retain moisture, witch hazel which tightens pores and helps with acne and eczema, along with the healing powers of vitamin E, aloe and jojoba oil.

This water light formula absorbs into the skin pretty much immediately and leaves it feeling bright, and nourished. Pores are minimized, moisturizer absorbs better and the skin looks more youthful, along with fine lines and redness being minimized. Oh yeah! Organic ingredients to boot!

This normally retails for $59.95, so this is a 65% discount currently on Amazon. If you're looking for a serum, I highly recommend this one.


While I did receive this for review purposes, the opinions expressed are totally my own. I seriously am in love with this serum! #elleda

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Speaking Of Murad, here's some great deals!

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Sample Society Product Reviews - Murad, Alterna, Jane Iredale, Oscar De La Renta, Caudalie

Doesn't this just LOOK luxurious! This might be my favorite box that I ever got from them. Each one is a spa day in a box. Click here to sign up! 

Something that they're doing now is letting you purchase past boxes, which I think is awesome! 

Murad Clarifying Cleanser - 6.75 FL. OZ.

Well, pretty much what they said! It's a very concentrated gel and after using it, my skin actually felt like it was absorbing my serum and moisturizer better. After use, your pores are tighter and you can see a difference in the amount of blackheads that you get after just one use. I wouldn't recommend this for dry skin, but if you're acne prone, check this one out. Murad is serious skincare, I have yet to use a Murad product that wasn't amazeballs.
Murad Clarifying Cleanser - 6.75 FL. OZ. Murad Clarifying Cleanser - 6.75 FL. OZ.
This powerful gel cleanser combats acne and skin breakouts. The rich lather strips away pore-clogging grime, oil and irritants as it helps treat and prevent acne breakouts with time-released medication that remains active for hours, even after rinsing.

Alterna Bamboo Style Boho Waves

Alterna is another company that has yet to do me wrong. I LOVE this spray, I bought a full sized bottle after I used up my sample bottle (which says a lot considering I probably got 3 different bottles in different beauty samplers). Another product that does exactly what it says. Full, loose, sexy waves that give you a controlled tousled look. Since my hair is super fine, I really like the texture that it adds.
Alterna Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled TextureMist Alterna Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled TextureMist
What is it: A weightless texturizing mist that instantly gives you natural, tousled, "just-back-from-the-beach" waves.Who is it for: Perfect for anyone who wants to add volume, texture, and a healthy shine to their hair.Why is it different: It combines bamboo extract and blue yucca root to help create long-lasting styling effects.How do I use it: Spray on damp or dry hair from roots to ends and shape with fingers for loose, tousled style.From Alterna.

Jane Iredale Just Kissed

An absolutely GORGEOUS, universally flattering lippie. This line really does plump your pout painlessly and beautifully. No feathering, long wearing and non drying.

Jane Iredale Just Kissed Jane Iredale Just Kissed
Sugar&Butter Jane Iredale new lip exfoliator and plumper, has gone to the top of the popularity list, so jane Iredale decided to bring out three new plumpers that we’ve named Just Kissed because that’s what they feel like! Plump up your attitude with Just Kissed, a rich, shea butter based tinted lip plumper. Just Kissed uses a peptide that has been shown to increase hydration and collagen synthesis, helping to reduce feathering. The gentle formula won’t sting or leave lips sticky. Plus, it comes in three wearable shades. Milan is a soft, matte pink, Sydney is a subtle, warm coral, NYC is a flattering neutral – a makeup bag staple!, Madrid (fueled by purple and blue tones) and Tokyo (a fierce but universally flattering red). Formula Benefits: Spearmint and peppermint oils, in combination with ginger root extract, stimulate blood circulation making lips fuller faster and without pain Shea butter, sunflower oil and aloe vera soften and hydrate Essential oils of lemon and tangerine help to exfoliate dead skin cells Unique time released peptides ensure lips stay plump Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip Butter is available in Milan (fashion's newest pink), Sydney (a subtle, warm coral), NYC (a rockin' neutral), Madrid (fueled by purple and blue tones) and Tokyo (a fierce but universally flattering red). Net Weight: 2.3 g / 0.08 oz. Ingredients: Triisostearyl Citrate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Beeswax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Flavor, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470).

Live In Love by Oscar de la Renta for Women Eau de Parfum Spray 3.4 oz

AND another product that I had to buy the full size of. It's a green floral, so not so sweet and cloying as many florals are. It starts out with a strong lily-of-the-valley floral blast, but it unfolds really quickly into a lovely soft green scent. It will last forevah on your clothing but not be overpowering on your skin. When I wear this, my mister likes to nuzzle me which to me is a top endorsement since I normally have to harangue him for his opinion on perfumes. (and the man even used to work the men's fragrance department at Dillards for pete's sake!)
Live In Love by Oscar de la Renta for Women Eau de Parfum Spray 3.4 oz Live In Love by Oscar de la Renta for Women Eau de Parfum Spray 3.4 oz
Live In Love by Oscar de la Renta for Women Eau de Parfum Spray 3.4 oz

There is simply nothing I can say that they haven't already. Luxurious, refreshing, hydrating, plumping. Expensive and worth every single penny. I've been a Caudalie devotee for over a decade for a reason. This feels amazing on tired eyes and is like a full night's sleep in a bottle.

Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream 0.5 oz
An antiaging cream to refresh the eye area. This luxurious cream offers ultimate antiaging action for instantly transformed eyes. Perfectly hydrated, the skin is smoother and firmer. Dark circles and puffiness fade away and the eye area is brightened with renewed youth. Caudalie's three signature patents are blended at their highest concentration for unparalleled age-fighting power: Resveratrol-Oleyl for lifting and firming, Viniferine for brightening, and antioxidant-rich grape-seed Polyphenes. 

And some beautiful handcrafted earrings by